Friday, April 29, 2011
ROBBLOG # 257 W E E K E N D Edition
“No Thank You. I use debit.”- said.
“Oh but the Wal*Mart Card does this and that…”
“No Thank You. I already have a credit card.”- I added.
She continued- “Well, with a Wal*Mart MasterCard Credit Card you can Bah, Blah, Blah.”
“No. Really. I’m fine.” I kept smiling as I swiped my Debit Card.
“You know”-she said, “Sometimes I tell my customers to rip up their current credit card and get a Wal*Mart Master Card Credit Card!”
“You know what I do sometimes?” I looked her square in the eye as I waited for my Debit transaction to process.
“No, what?”- she asked excitedly.
“Sometimes I tell cashiers to shove their cash registers up their Wal*Mart arses when they try to press me to get a Wal*Mart MasterCard Credit Card!”
Her mouth dropped. She was shocked and disappointed that her sales attempt didn’t work on me.
“Have a nice day!”- I cheerfully said as I grabbed my bags, placed them in my Wal*Mart shopping cart and headed for the exit. I like shopping at Wal*Mart as much as the next Wal*Mart shopper but give the credit card thing a rest. If a customer politely declines that should be the end of it.
Then, I go into Zellers. It’s a different tune. By the way I must mention here that I really hate that red colour scheme that Zellers has adopted in recent years. I know they are no longer “Truly Canadian”- being owned by Americans. When you think of it what True North Proud and Free Company isn’t owned by Americans? Besides Zellers- The Bay and Tim Horton’s comes to mind. I did read where Tim’s was being returned to Canadian ownership under the Red Maple Leaf but I don’t think that has happened. As far as I know that stalwart- Canadian Tire, is still Canadian. Imagine “American Tire”?
Just doesn’t have the same “patriot” ring to it.
Anyhow, at Zellers it’s-
“Is this on your HBC Card today?” says the beefy, tanned young man standing at the cash, a pencil stuck over his right ear.
“No. I don’t have one. Debit please.”
The jock cashier begins his sell- “Oh Sir, if you sign up for an HBC Card today you’ll receive 10% off your purchase.”
“Really?”- I say, “and will you strip to the waist and give me a manly massage if I get an HBC card today? There has to be something in it for me!”
I was being so cheeky. The cashier was surprised. Probably the best offer he’s had all day! He smiled broadly and said-
“You know if they paid me enough my shirt would be laying on the floor at your feet right now!”
We both laughed.
“So how much interest does that HBC Card offer if I run a balance every month? About 30%. Sears is at 30%. So I would say 30%- or higher!”
He smiled and said-
“Slide your card through. Stripe to the left sir.”
The cashier knows he doesn’t have a credit card sale here but flashes me a Hollywood smile as he tucks my purchase into a red plastic Zellers bag.
“Have a great day!” he says.
“I’ll do my best!” I tell him. “You have to give me credit for that.”
Posted by Rob Reid at 6:09 AM